R. Dan Boulware

Polsinelli Shughart PC
3101 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64506

R. Dan Boulware


R. Dan Boulware is the managing partner of the firm's St. Joseph office, the chair of the firm's Heartland Region for business litigation and the chair of the firm's contingency fee practice.  He is a senior trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel in many large, high-profile cases and has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America publication, his practice extends far beyond Missouri, having handled numerous cases around the country. He wrote the initial "Chapter on Punitive Damages" contained in the Missouri Bar Deskbook on Damages, and has lectured on that subject and other trial matters.

Mr. Boulware is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He has substantial experience in a wide range of civil disputes: commercial litigation, including class actions; healthcare litigation; bankruptcy litigation; civil RICO; antitrust; insurance coverage; director and officer liability; intellectual property; oil and gas; product liability; and personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has often represented clients on a contingency fee arrangement, recovering through trial and settlement, millions of dollars.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Boulware is a member of the St. Joseph Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Since age 35, he's carried an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating bestowed. In 1982, at the age of 36, he was the recipient of the Lon Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award given by the Missouri Bar Foundation, in recognition of outstanding young trial attorneys in the State of Missouri. In 1989, at the age of 41, he was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, a designation by his peers that he is one of the outstanding trial lawyers in North America. He has served as a member of the ACTL Missouri State Committee and the Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award Committee.

Best Lawyers in America®, a national lawyer directory which bases its selections on an exhaustive peer review process, has recognized him for inclusion as one of the best for his expertise in Business Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. Chambers USA ranks him as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business Litigation. KC Magazine has recognized Mr. Boulware as a Missouri/Kansas Top 100 Super Lawyer since inception.  

Mr. Boulware has served as a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Mr. Boulware has been very active in civic organizations, working in fund drives for the YMCA, Young Life, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Greater St. Joseph United Way. He incorporated and assisted in the organization of Creative Arts Productions, a children's theater workshop. He incorporated The Industrial Development Authority of St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1978, and has served as a director and secretary for the Authority since that time. He has been involved with every industrial revenue bond issue in St. Joseph through the IDA since 1978.

Dan Boulware and his wife, Dale, were the 2003 recipients of The Hope Award given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-America Chapter, in recognition of outstanding community and philanthropic service and leadership. They are ardent supporters of the arts in St. Joseph and are Founding Fellows of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.

Mr. Boulware is a long-standing Sunday School teacher and deacon at Wyatt Park Baptist Church. He chaired the church Executive Committee and three church capital campaigns to facilitate the relocation and building of a new, $12 million church facility. He served as a member of the St. Joseph Young Life Committee, attending Young Life camp at Wendy Gap, North Carolina, and has been active in other youth activities, including St. Joseph Boys' Baseball. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Moila Shrine Temple.

Mr. Boulware has a long-standing commitment to public education. He was the co-founder/organizer of the Rainbow Coalition, a political action group formed in 1987 to support St. Joseph Public Schools in passing a critical increase in the local school levy. He has served as President of the St. Joseph Chapter of the University of Kansas Alumni Association, and as a member of the KU Greater University Fund Advisory Board.

A member of Delta Upsilon fraternity at the University of Kansas, Mr. Boulware has served as a director of the alumni corporation board, incorporated the Kansas Chapter of Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation, served on the Foundation board, and actively participated in the organization and pursuit of the fraternity's capital campaign to construct a new chapter house. In 2006, he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by his fraternity.

Mr. Boulware also served as a member of the Board of Regents of Missouri Western State College from 1986-93, and as President in 1991-92.  He chaired the Missouri Western State College Foundation capital campaign in 1989-90. In 1992, Mr. Boulware served on the Missouri Task Force on Critical Issues for Higher Education. The annual fall semester Missouri Western State College Convocation on Critical Issues is held in Mr. Boulware's honor.  The Convocation has featured such speakers as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., David McCullough, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Colin Powell, Joe Nye, David Gergen, Bob Woodward, Steve Forbes, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Newt Gingrich and Senator Bill Bradley. He has had the privilege of introducing the Convocation speaker each year since its inception.  Currently, he is serving on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Higher Education Partnership.


Ranked in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business, General Commercial Litigation, 2010-present.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®  
2005-present, Commercial Litigation
2005-present, Personal Injury Litigation

Mr. Boulware is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Boulware has been recognized as a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer since inception of such recognition for lawyers.

Mr. Boulware is also the recipient of the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award given by the Missouri Bar Foundation.  



Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation


J.D., University of Kansas, 1972

B.S., Business Admin with accounting emphasis, University of Kansas, 1968


Missouri, 1972